Stereo Embers’ 100 Best Albums of the Decade So Far…

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“It’s been an interesting decade for the album…” Pitchfork writes in the opening sentence to their new article, “The 100 Best Albums Of The Decade So Far.” We couldn’t agree more, but after a quick perusal of their list, the decade doesn’t seem very interesting at all.

Stereo Embers thought we’d compile our own list of our 100 favorite albums of the decade (so far) and when we were done, we stepped back to find that the list contained Leonard Cohen, Wire, Iron Maiden, Opeth, The Coup, Beach Day, Warpaint, The Jazz Butcher, Elephant Stone, Ghostface Killah and Rush.

We think order has been restored.

Enjoy.

1. Elephant Stone, The Three Poisons, 2014

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2. The Jazz Butcher, Last of the Gentlemen Adventurers, 2012

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3. Kylesa, Spiral Shadow, 2010

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4. Beach Day, Native Echoes, 2014

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5. Golden Curtain, English Tuning, 2013

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6. Sun Kil Moon, Benji, 2014

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7. Robb Benson and the Shelk, Cursive Falls From the Sky, 2013

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8. The Black Angels, Phosphene Dream, 2010

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9. Bruce Springsteen, Wrecking Ball, 2012

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10. Vandaveer, Dig Down Deep, 2011

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11. Distractions, End of the Pier, 2012

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12. Die So Fluid, The Opposites of Light, 2014

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13. The Waterboys, An Appointment with Mr. Yeats, 2011

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14. The Cloak Ox, Shoot the Dog, 2013

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15. Jimmer, The Would-Be Plans, 2013

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16. The Coup, Sorry to Bother You, 2012

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17. Rush, Clockwork Angels, 2012

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18. Grimes, Visions, 2011

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19. Lee Ranaldo and the Dust, Last Night on Earth, 2013

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20. Radiohead, The King of Limbs, 2011

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21. The Gaslight Anthem, American Slang, 2010

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22. Camera Obscura, Desire Lines, 2013

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23. The Roots, Undun, 2011

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24. The Grown Up Noise, This Time with Feeling, 2011

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25. Northern Arms, Northern Arms, 2014

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26. Boris, Noise, 2014

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27. Leif Vollebekk, North Americana, 2013

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28. Pharoahe Monch, W.A.R. (We Are Renegades), 2011

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29. Imaginary Cities, Fall of Romance, 2013

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30. Matthew Edwards and the Unfortunates, The Fates, 2012

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31. Kelly Haigh, Country Western Star, 2010

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32. Ghostface Killah, Twelve Reasons to Die, 2013

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33. Savages, Silence Yourself, 2013

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34. Folk Thief, Love, Heartache & Oblivion, 2010

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35. Bob Dylan, Tempest, 2012

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36. Factory Star, Enter Castle Perilous, 2012

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37. The New Division, Shadows, 2012

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38. Tame Impala, Lonerism, 2012

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39. Prefab Sprout, Crimson Red, 2013

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40. Opposite Sex, Opposite Sex, 2012

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41. Wire, Change Becomes Us, 2013

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42. The Stranglers, Giants, 2012

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43. Pete Astor, Songbox, 2013

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44. Agalloch, Marrow of the Spirit, 2010

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45. Amy Winehouse, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, 2011

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46. Warpaint, Warpaint, 2014

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47. Kendrick Lamar, good kid, M.A.A.D City, 2012

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48. The Wild Swans, The Coldest Winter for a Hundred Years, 2011

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49. Tunabunny, Kingdom Technology, 2014

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50. Temples, Sun Structures, 2014

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51. The Bastards of Fate, Vampyres Are Real and Palpable, 2014

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52. The Estranged, The Subliminal Man, 2010

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53. Nas, Life Is Good, 2012

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54. Pillars and Tongues, End Dances, 2013

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55. Palma Violets, 180, 2013

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56. Nine Inch Nails, Hesitation Marks, 2014

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57. The National, High Violet, 2010

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58. The Black & Blue Orkestre, Hurt Me Tender, 2014

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59. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Push the Sky Away, 2013

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60. Leonard Cohen, Old Ideas, 2012

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61. EMA, Past Life Martyred Saints, 2011

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62. Bombino, Agadez, 2011

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63. Young Fathers, Dead, 2014

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64. Golden Curtain, Dream City, 2014

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65. Erykah Badu, New Amerykah Part II (The Return of the Ankh), 2010

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66. The Multiple Cat, The Return of the Multiple Cat, 2013

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67. PJ Harvey, Let England Shake, 2011

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68. Opeth, Heritage, 2011

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69. Neurosis, Honor Found in Decay, 2012

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70. Gayngz, Relayted, 2010

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71. Zola Jesus, Conatus, 2011

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72. The Besnard Lakes, The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night, 2010

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73. Chrome, Half Machine From The Sun, 2013

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74. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything, 2014

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75. Swans, The Seer, 2012

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76. Bye Bye Blackbirds, We Need the Rain, 2013

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77. Deftones, Koi No Yokan, 2012

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78. Pallbearer, Sorrow and Extinction, 2012

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79. The Little Murders, Go, 2014

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80. The Duke and the King, Long Live the Duke and the King, 2010

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81. Robyn, Body Talk, 2010

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82. The Puddle, Secret Holiday/Victory Blues, 2012

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83. These New Puritans, Hidden, 2010

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84. Baroness, Yellow & Green, 2012

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85. Field Music, Measure, 2010

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 86. Young The Giant, Young the Giant, 2011

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87. Alcest, Écailles de Lune, 2010

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88. St. Vincent, Strange Mercy, 2011

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89. Wire, Red Barked Tree, 2011

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90. My Bloody Valentine, m b v, 2013

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91. The Drones, I See Seaweed, 2013

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92. Total Control, Henge Beat, 2012

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93. Iron Maiden, The Final Frontier, 2010

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94. Broken Bells, Broken Bells, 2010

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95. The Soft Moon, The Soft Moon, 2011

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96. Patti Smith, Banga, 2012

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97. Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City, 2013

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98. The Vaccines, What Did You Expect From the Vaccines, 2011

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99. Yo La Tengo, Fade, 2013

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100. Unknown Mortal Orchestra, II, 2013

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